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May 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

What Are You Hungry For?

by Steve Reese


I am sure that this question brings many things to mind. Maybe fresh fried catfish, a rib-eye steak, fried okra or chocolate lava cake. But people can be hungry for many things besides food. If you ever watch any of these televised talent shows, you'll hear the judges talking about how they are looking for contestants who are hungry. This brings to mind a person who desperately wants something, they want it so bad that they feel like they have a hole in their soul that only this particular thing can fill. A businessman can be hungry for success, a performer can be hungry for fame, an elderly person at a nursing home can be hungry for companionship and some people are hungry for money.  


So now, given that context, let me ask again, what are you hungry for? What is it that drives you? What makes you want to get up in the morning? What is that one thing that you think can fill the void in your life? 


Funny thing about being hungry, I can eat a big scrumptious meal, steak, baked potato, grilled onion, and corn, I can fill up until I can't move, yet tomorrow I'll be hungry again.  The same is true for other types of hunger, you can never get enough success to make you happy, enough fame to satisfy you, or enough money to make you complete. Even companionship is a fleeting thing. 


But Psalm 107:9 says, For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Of course, this is a different kind of hunger. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." True fulfillment can only come by seeking after things that are eternal, not things that are temporary. Being hungry for the things of God is the only way to find true and lasting satisfaction. Jesus also said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.


It is not always easy to seek after the things of God. The things of this world have a huge pull on us, and to make it worse, the things of this world have made a major impact on many churches. Things like sin, personal feelings, and political correctness have invaded many churches and even threatens many of the mainstream denominations to the point where some are considering adopting positions that are contrary to God's word. Sadly, a few have already accepted things that were never meant for God's people (read Ephesians 5:1-7).


We have to be wary of false prophets and false teachings. We can not be distracted by the things of the world. In order to be truly filled, we must hunger for the things of God, not the things of this world.  

By Steve Reese

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